If you want a job working with computers that will be in demand for years to come, you may want to consider a career in billing and coding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, this field is projected to grow 21 percent faster than the average for other industries. Medical records and health information technicians manage and organize data by ensuring its accuracy and accessibility within the confines of strict privacy laws.
Billing and coding specialists are responsible for managing an entire network of private and complex information. Any bachelor's degree in billing and coding will require students to take management classes so they can be proficient in overseeing various database systems. Chancellor University's B.S. degree program in billing and coding requires students to take classes called Strategic Management Decisions and Administrative Management. These courses provide students with the managerial skills needed to keep the various components of their databases current, accurate and appropriate to privacy laws.
Medical Terminology Classes
Medical terminology courses form the foundation of medical billing and coding degree programs because they teach the necessary vocabulary, particularly medical terminology and corresponding codes. Just as a policeman must memorize various codes that represent different crimes and emergencies, a medical billing and coding specialist must learn the codes that represent illnesses, diagnoses and medications. Medical terminology must be learned so it can be coded properly into a hospital's database, and thus medical terminology is an important part of the degree program.
Information technology, or IT, is an important class in any undergraduate billing and coding degree program. A billing and coding specialist must be fluent in information systems and technology for health care. A class in IT teaches students how to navigate, communicate and maintain the technology systems found in hospitals, practitioner's offices, physician offices, clinics and a number of other environments where billing and coding specialists are employed.
You will be hard pressed to find a degree program in medical billing and coding that doesn't require a class in the legal aspects of healthcare. If a physician doesn't adhere to privacy act laws and policies, he can be sued and even face losing his medical license. One legal area students explore is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA -- a law enforced by the Office for Civil Rights that protects the "privacy of individually identifiable health information." It also teaches students how to adhere to the HIPAA Security Rule, which "sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information."
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